Former Vikings one-year wonder earned first win since 2021 on Sunday

Former Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum led the Houston Texans to a Week 15 victory

Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum
Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum / Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean / USA

More than a handful of years after he led the Minnesota Vikings to a "miracle" win in the divisional round of the 2017 playoffs, Case Keenum was given the opportunity to start under center for the Houston Texans on Sunday in their Week 15 matchup against the Tennessee Titans.

In his first NFL start since Week 18 of the 2021 season when he was a member of the Cleveland Browns, Keenum helped the Texans get a 19-16 overtime win this past weekend by completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 229 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

With the help of the former Vikings quarterback, Houston was able to improve their 2023 record to 8-6 and remain in the hunt for a spot in this season's AFC playoff bracket.

Late TD pass by former Minnesota Vikings QB propels Houston Texans to Week 15 win

Trailing the Titans 16-9 in the middle of the fourth quarter, the Texans needed Keenum to use some of the magic that he displayed out on the field when he was a member of Minnesota's roster in 2017.

Luckily for Houston, Keenum was able to deliver when they needed him the most.

Facing a 3rd-and-Goal from the Tennessee three-yard line, Keenum used his legs to avoid the pass rush and fired a pass in the middle of the end zone to Texans wide receiver Noah Brown. Houston kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn then converted the extra point, and the game was all tied up at 16 points apiece.

In overtime, Keenum connected with Texans running back Devin Singletary on a 41-yard pass with under two minutes remaining that ultimately resulted in Fairbairn kicking the game-winning field goal a few plays later.

Keenum is 35-years-old and he's in the middle of his 11th season in the NFL. He's been able to extend his career by backing up some of the top young quarterbacks in the league during the last few years, a group that has included C.J. Stroud and Josh Allen.

On Sunday, Keenum showed that he can still be relied on to fill in as a starter for a game or two, and that seems like a role that he's completely comfortable with.